Questions

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Here we try to answer your questions about Cape Verde

Is there crime in Cape Verde?

Crime in most parts of Cape Verde is low, but there are occasional incidents of crime in larger cities such as Praia and Mindelo. Some areas of Cape Verde are poor and so it is wise not to display too much expensive equipment or valuables. Use hotel or villa safes for valuables when possible. Having said that, crime is probably less evident in Cape Verde than in many other countries..

Are the roads safe in Cape Verde?

Roads in Cape Verde are relatively quiet and driving standards are generally reasonable. Car hire is available, although it is wise to check the quality of the car you are hiring. Heavy rain during the rainy season (August – October) can lead to floods and landslides in some areas.

Is it safe to sail or use boat transport in Cape Verde?

Sea conditions around the islands of Cape Verde can be dangerous; seeking advice from local officials is recommended. Sea travel to some islands such as Brava and Fogo can be disrupted so check locally.

Are the seas safe in Cape Verde?

The seas around Cape Verde are usually warm, but the swell can be quite large, so using common sense and taking advice from local’s is a sensible thing to do. Water sports are popular in Cape Verde and the seas are great for surfing, kite surfing and other water sports, but the sea should always be treated with respect. Beaches in Cape Verde are not always equipped with lifeguards.

Does Cape Verde have sharks?

The Tiger Shark is the main predator in the waters around the archipelago, apart from the Blue Marlin. Attacks throughout the world are relatively low and that is so in Cape Verde. On Sal there are lemon sharks, which are friendly and don’t bite and if you are lucky you can see them close to the shore.

Is Cape Verde windy?

Wind is a feature of cape Verde, although some islands and some beaches are very sheltered and pleasant. The prevailing wind is from the north east and so it is the beaches on the north and east sides of the island that are the most popular for kite surfing. Sal is particularly known for being windy, but even here it is possible for find sheltered beaches. If you have weather related questions about Cape Verde, see our weather page.

Is Cape Verde in Europe?

Cape Verde was a Portuguese colony, but is now an independent nation. Geographically Cape Verde is in Africa, but it has had European financial support for various projects. A visa is required for visiting Cape Verde, which is obtainable in advance, but is more usually purchased on arrival.

Does Cape Verde have Zika Virus?

Some local incidents of Zika Virus have been reported in Cape Verde. The virus, transmitted by mosquitos, is more risky to pregnant women or women planning pregnancy. It is always best to take precautions to avoid mosquitos. If you have health questions about Cape Verde, seek advice from your Healthcare professional before travelling.

Does Cape Verde take Euros?

The currency in Cape Verde is the escudo. It is not possible to buy currency before you travel, so it is advisable to take Euros. In some of the larger places, such as Praia and Santa Maria shops will accept Euros. The escudo is linked to the Euro, so the exchange rate is constant at 110 cve = €1

What is the weather like in Cape Verde?

The weather in Cape Verde is mostly extremely pleasant. The average temperature is in the range of 26º – 30ºC, with long periods of sunshine. The humidity in between August and October is higher and that is also the rainy season, although rain is fairly rare on most of the islands. If you wish to find out more about the weather in Cape Verde, see our weather page.

How long is the flight to Cape Verde?

This depends which island you are flying to. Direct flights from many European cities such as London to Sal take just less than 6 hours. Other islands take a little longer and involve changing at Lisbon or Casablanca because at the time of writing there are no direct flights to these islands.

How many Cape Verdean islands are there?

There are 10 islands that make up the archipelago together with several islets. They are arranged in two main groups – the Barlavento islands which comprise Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal and Boa Vista. The other group – the Sotavento islands which comprise Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava. All the islands are populated except Santa Luzia

Where is Cape Verde?

Cape Verde is located approximately 500km off the coast of Senegal in West Africa. It is two hours flying time south of the Canary Islands and approximately 1800km north of the equator.

Does Cape Verde experience hurricanes?

Normally hurricanes form or seed, south of Cape Verde and head west towards the Caribbean and America. Unusually the archipelago was hit by hurricane Fred in September 2015, but this was a rare happening.

When is the best time to go to Cape Verde?

The temperature is fairly stable all the year round, but the months of November to May are generally considered the best time for weather. If you have more weather questions about Cape Verde, see you weather page.

How is Christmas celebrated in Cape Verde?

Cape Verde’s population is over 93% Roman Catholic and so celebrations follow similar patterns to other Catholic countries, with Christmas Eve Mass.

How is New Year Celebrated in Cape Verde?

New Year is an excuse for a big party, as is common in many countries. People will be out and about as the weather is of course good, unlike much of Europe. On all national holidays, banks, pharmacies and shops will be closed.

Will I need vaccinations for Cape Verde?

We cannot advise on the requirements, but your GP will be able to advise fully. You should seek your GP’s advice 4-6weeks before your departure and he/she will have access to the latest recommendations. Your doctor should be able to answer your vaccination questions about Cape Verde. You can also check at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Will my mobile phone work in Cape Verde?

Yes, but data roaming could be expensive. It is possible to buy a SIM card to use in Cape Verde, which will be cheaper for use while you are there. The local companies providing this are CV Telecom www.cvtelecom.cv and T-mais www.uniteltmais.cv

Will I get a tan in Cape Verde?

Cape Verde enjoys sun most days and even when the sun isn’t obvious, the ultraviolet rays can still reach you. You should get a tan, but you must be careful and use a high factor sun protection, to avoid being burnt.

Can we get married in Cape Verde?

To be legally married in Cape Verde, you will need to have been resident in the country for at least 30 days. It is therefore advisable to be legally married in your own country and to have a service of blessing in Cape Verde.

How does Cape Verde make money?

Cape Verde has few resources and annually has a high trade deficit. The islands have experienced periods of drought, so agriculture is problematic. Fish and shell fish are plentiful small amounts are exported. Service industries such as tourism, transport and commerce account for most of the GDP. The country is the recipient of foreign aid.

We hope that this site provides answers to your questions about Cape Verde.